JWT Exec Takes Senior Post at Grey

NEW YORK WPP Group’s Grey has tapped Steve Lin as its president and CEO for operation in Greater China, a new post.

The move comes in the wake of Grey’s severed relationship with CITIC Guoan Group [Adweek, June 12].

Lin will report to Mike Amour, chairman, CEO of Grey’s Asia-Pacific operations, effective Sept. 1, the agency said. For the past 14 years, Lin has been at WPP’s JWT and since 2004 has been chairman of the agency network in Taiwan. A Taiwanese national, Lin has also worked for Omnicom Group’s BBDO and for Interpublic Group’s McCann Erickson.

He was managing director of JWT in Taiwan from 1997 until 2003, and was leader of the Asian version of the American Association of Advertising Agencies from 2000 to 2005.

In a statement, Grey worldwide CEO Jim Heekin said, “Steve Lin will be a dynamic leader as Grey capitalizes on the burgeoning growth opportunities in Greater China in the years ahead.”

Amour said, “Steve’s the perfect choice to collaborate with and lead the very talented executives who are already transforming our Greater China operation into a sleeker, more creative and energized organization.”

The personnel move comes just days after CITIC Guoan Group pulled out of its joint venture with Grey after 14 years because of a disagreement with WPP CEO Martin Sorrell.

Lin, who graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas, has worked on accounts including Ford, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Northwest and General Motors.

“Grey is a company with great heritage and the new leadership is hungry and committed to taking the network to a new horizon,” Lin said.